Blog Archives

Have some free time on the weekends and want to help dogs find loving homes? Attend one (or both) of our October training sessions and learn more about volunteering during our weekend adoption hours to help prospective adopters meet dogs or walk them through the adoption screening process. A three hour volunteer shift once a month can help us save so many lives!

Adoption Counselors
Looking to do something fun and rewarding on the weekend? Join us for a virtual adoption counselor training session. Once training is completed we are looking for counselors to help in person at the Adoption Center in Fairfax Station, VA on Saturdays and Sundays so while the training is online, the actual volunteer role will not be.

Adoption Counselors are volunteers who are trained specifically to interact with prospective adopters at the Homeward Trails Adoption Center! You will share info on the dogs, gather info from the applicant, work with the Adoption Center staff to ensure a good match…and potentially play a key role in sending dogs into their forever homes.

We need folks who are willing to commit 3 hours on a weekend…just once a month! Just 3 hours can help send more dogs home more quickly, thus allowing us to have space to rescue more. Imagine – just 3 hours of your time can save dozens of lives!

You will be trained and fully supported by the HT staff as you get acclimated to your role. It’s fun, you’ll learn a lot and you’ll literally be saving lives.

Our next Adoption Counselor training session will be held on  Wednesday, October 12 at 7 PM  via Zoom. Sign up below!

Weekend Adoption Center Volunteers
Love working with people and dogs? This role is the perfect blend of both!

We need volunteers every Saturday and Sunday to help greet adopters, identify dogs who might be a great match and facilitate the introductions between dogs and prospective adopters.

Join us for orientation on Saturday, October 22 at 4:30 PM to learn more! Sign up here:

We want YOU to come volunteer at the Homeward Trails Adoption Center! We have daily opportunities for volunteers 16+ to come in and assist our staff with tasks around the shelter – things like laundry, preparing food, dog enrichment, cleaning, and organizing donations. Volunteer support allows our staff to focus on caring for the dogs and running play groups so the dogs get more exercise and have more fun!
Sign up today using the link below.

Sign Up!

Questions? Email
Meow Palace is our temporary housing facility for cats located next door to our Adoption Center in Fairfax Station, VA. Volunteers are needed to take care of the cats, feed them, scoop the litter, and give them tons of love and attention. Volunteering is sooooo rewarding – you get to help out homeless kitties and get your kitty fix!
We have morning and evening shifts available seven days a week and volunteers sign up at their convenience. There’s no set schedule so it’s whatever works for you!
If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering please email